Petersburg to Appomattox

The End of the War in Virginia

Edited by Caroline E. Janney

320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 13 halftones, 3 maps, notes, bibl., index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4076-1
    Published: April 2018
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4077-8
    Published: March 2018

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The last days of fighting in the Civil War's eastern theater have been wrapped in mythology since the moment of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House. War veterans and generations of historians alike have focused on the seemingly inevitable defeat of the Confederacy after Lee's flight from Petersburg and recalled the generous surrender terms set forth by Grant, thought to facilitate peace and to establish the groundwork for sectional reconciliation. But this volume of essays by leading scholars of the Civil War era offers a fresh and nuanced view of the eastern war's closing chapter. Assessing events from the siege of Petersburg to the immediate aftermath of Lee’s surrender, Petersburg to Appomattox blends military, social, cultural, and political history to reassess the ways in which the war ended and examines anew the meanings attached to one of the Civil War's most significant sites, Appomattox.

Contributors are Peter S. Carmichael, William W. Bergen, Susannah J. Ural, Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh, William C. Davis, Keith Bohannon, Caroline E. Janney, Stephen Cushman, and Elizabeth R. Varon.

About the Author

Caroline E. Janney is professor of history at Purdue University.
For more information about Caroline E. Janney, visit the Author Page.


“Offers a fresh and nuanced view of the eastern war’s closing chapter.”--McCormick Messenger

“An impressive collection of essays that touch upon many important aspects of the war in the Eastern Theater.”--America’s Civil War

"A fine collection of essays written by experienced and knowledgeable scholars."--Daniel E. Sutherland, author of A Savage Conflict

"This volume admirably mixes traditional military history with social and cultural history to offer valuable insights on the battles and events of the Appomattox campaign."--Earl J. Hess, author of The Battle of Peach Tree Creek